Robson-Kanu reflects and looks forward
Winger Hal Robson-Kanu believes the Royals are more than capable of playing effective football under Nigel Adkins next season.
Though the 2012/13 campaign ultimately ended in disappointment for Reading, Hal was pleased with his own progression made over the campaign and says the lads will be raring to go once again come August.
Asked what his highlight of the season was, Hal said, "I’d have to say my first Premier League goal, against Tottenham. That was special for me. Having come through the ranks here, that was a big moment in my career. It was a time when I felt I had really arrived in the game.
"And in terms of me personally, I’d say at an international level, scoring the winner away at Scotland for our nation, that was a massive game. A lot was riding on that and a lot of pressure was on that game, Aaron Ramsey got the first goal and it was a snowy day away at Hamden Park and to pop up with the winner was special.
"On a personal note, as I’ve said throughout the season, I’ve felt my level of performance has been a good one. I’ve impacted games consistently and contributed to the team.
"That’s what is required and I’ve done that. So obviously it was great to finish the season being nominated and in the top three in Player of the Season – it’s a fantastic achievement and one that I’m thankful to the fans for, for acknowledging my contribution. This season, it wasn’t how we wanted it to turn out, but we can't wait to get going again."
Robson-Kanu added that there's plenty to be positive about for 2013/14 after an improving end to the season, particularly the way of playing under Adkins.
"We play it similarly with Wales, where we keep that fluid football, keep the ball, move it, try to hurt teams, penetrate teams that way – and if you do it the right way it can be effective. But you have to get it right, and I think that’s what the manager’s trying to do, he’s come in and he’s trying to implement that early in training sessions and now in the games, and you saw towards the end of the season that we can hurt teams doing it that way.
"Pre-season is always tough, but it comes as standard being a footballer, it’s important to get that level of fitness up before you enter into competitive games. The running is not always enjoyable, but being back on the ball and back on the pitch is.
"Obviously we would normally have an international break, but with Wales we don’t have any games now – our next game is against Ireland in August, so for me personally it’ll be some down time and a bit of rest in preparation for next season."